Creation-Evolution Contest in Grand Canyon: New York Times Prints Eyewitness Report

first_imgNew York Times reporter Jodi Wilgoren explored “parallel universes” along the Colorado River this summer (here for multimedia version).  She rode a raft with a creationist group led by Tom Vail for several days, then rode with another party led by evolutionist Eugenie Scott.  Her experiences with these two groups illustrated the stark contrast between the worldviews at conflict in American society.  “Two groups examining the same evidence,” she remarked.  “Traveling nearly identical itineraries, snoozing under the same stars and bathing in the same chocolate-colored river.  Yet, standing at opposite ends of the growing creation-evolution debate, they seemed to speak in different tongues.”    Wilgoren mentioned several scientific evidences that Tom Vail discussed as support for his Genesis Flood interpretation.  One, the smooth perpendicular folds in Carbon Canyon, he explained as evidence the material had to be soft when bent.  The long-age view is that pressure over time could give the rocks plasticity; “That’s just a theory,” Vail replied.  He also discussed evidence for a mass kill event covering 5,700 square miles.  He pointed to a vertically-oriented nautiloid that could not have remained in its position for tens of thousands of years while it was being buried slowly.  On the evolution group’s raft, a geologist who had been questioned about it only responded that “scientists had not documented the billions of nautiloids creationists cite and had found no stunning pattern in their orientation.”    Although Wilgoren asserted the correctness of the “scientific” view of the ages of the rocks and the canyon, her anecdotes about the behavior of the people of the parties seemed as contrasting as that of the differing interpretation of the canyon.  She portrayed creationists in the group praying for one another and expressing their joy and thankfulness to God over the beauty surrounding them.  The evolutionists, on the other hand, she portrayed as flippant and disrespectful about religion.  Perhaps that was best illustrated in the music.  Creationists sang hymns of praise accompanied by flute and guitar.  Eugenie Scott, on the other hand, taught her group this ditty about a fishlike invertebrate evolutionists claim is one of our ancestors: “It’s a long way from amphioxus / It’s a long way to us. / It’s a long way from amphioxus to the meanest human cuss. / Goodbye fins and gill slits / Hello lungs and hair! / It’s a long, long way from amphioxus, / But we come from there.”    Another observation Jodi Wilgoren made was that all on the creationist raft had voted for George Bush, and all but two on the evolutionist raft for John Kerry.  She also pointed out polls that show a third of the American public believe the Bible should be taken literally and that nearly half believe humans were created in nearly their present form within the last 10,000 years.    The article was peppered with the usual claims and counter-claims about science and religion, facts and faith.  But Wilgoren gave surprisingly good press to Tom Vail, who used to teach the evolutionary view before becoming a Christian, and whose book Grand Canyon: A Different View has ranked 17th out of 800 products in the national park bookstores.  It has sold 40,000 copies, she said, “despite science organizations’ protests of its sale in park shops.”  She gave Vail the last word: “We can read God’s word and we know what we’re supposed to do.  It’s real clear up here what we’re supposed to do.”Considering the disdain with which creationists are usually treated, Jodi Wilgoren gave a pretty fair and balanced presentation.  The only flaws are the assumptions that evolutionists have the better science.  Some of her words assume that evolutionary geologists have science on their side.  We will suggest changes to the underlined words.“Geologists date this sandstone to 550 million years ago and explain the folding as a result of pressure from shifting faults underneath.”  Change that to “evolutionary storytellers” and “speculate.”“That same week, a few miles upriver, a decidedly different group of 24 rafters surveyed the same rock formations – but through the lens of science rather than what Mr. Vail calls ‘biblical glasses.’”  Change that to “evolutionary glasses”.  Vail is up-front about his Biblical presuppositions.  Evolutionists need to be up-front about theirs.“this trip was a floating geology seminar, charting the canyon’s evolution through eons of erosion.” Substitute evolutionary geology, speculating about the canyon’s formation through an unobserved period of erosion.Eugenie Scott said, “To a standard geologist, to somebody who actually studies geology, this just shouts out at you: This is really old; this is really gradual.”Should be, To an indoctrinated evolutionary geologist, to somebody who views the world through evolutionary glasses, this just confirms one’s presuppositions.“Science unequivocally dates the earth’s age at 4.5 billion years, and the canyon’s layers at some two billion years.  Change to Evolutionary geology needs the earth to be 4.5 billion years old, and speculates within their evolutionary model that the canyon’s layers must be some two billion years old.“Even the intelligent design movement, which argues that evolution alone cannot explain life’s complexity, does not challenge the long history of the earth.”  Should be, does not attempt to debate the age of the earth, because that is not the question they are addressing.“‘I won’t defend evolution,’ Dr. Scott said in exasperation one evening.  ‘We don’t defend the spherical Earth.  We need to stop defending, as they put it, Darwinism, and just make them show they have a scientific view.’”Belief in evolution has nothing to do with belief in a spherical earth.  The sphericity of the earth is observable, and is even taught in the Bible (Isaiah 40:22, Job 26:10).  Evolution in the Darwinian sense of universal common ancestry is not observable and contradicts the fossil record.  Dr. Scott needs to get over her exasperation and defend her position with evidence.  The antecedent in “they” have a scientific view” is unclear.  Both views need to be plausible inferences about the past based on currently observable evidence.  Both have religious implications.“Mr. Gishlick said scientists had not documented the billions of nautiloids creationists cite and had found no stunning pattern in their orientation.”Not scientists, but evolution-biased critics.  Evolutionary geologists may not have found this evidence, because they don’t ask the right questions.  The evidence is out there for anyone to see.“‘I don’t really care how they reconcile Noah’s flood with scientific things – it’s about religion,ֻ protested Mary Murray, 54, an artist from Laguna Beach, Calif., who came with her biology-professor husband.  ‘We shouldn’t be talking about religion at all in the public schools.’”  What she means is, “I am closing my mind to their evidence.  It’s about maintaining special treatment and favored status for my secular religion.  We shouldn’t be letting their religion compete with mine in the public schools.”You get the idea.  Words can bias an article and embed hidden assumptions.  Discerning readers need to be watchful for how reporters attempt to sway opinions with word games.  At least here on CEH, you get to hear both sides.    Want to go on the river with Tom?  Check his 2006 Schedule.  Creation Safaris, our parent organization, is co-sponsoring the August 25 three-day excursion.  View postcards from the 2005 trip, which was a great success with 26 people aboard: #1 and #2.  We guarantee you will have a lot more fun with creationists than with a bunch of sourpuss scoffers and mean human cusses.  We guarantee you will enjoy “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” more than “Goodbye fins and gill slits.” (compare this essay with the evolution songbook).  It may be a long way from amphioxus, but it’s a short way to the cross.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taking a look back at the world of wearables in 2016

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson 2016 has been a great year in wearable tech. We’ve seen the continued prominence of the smart watch, the rise of a new generation of virtual reality headsets, and a variety of new and unique products coming out of the crowdfunding world.2016 kicked off with a record-breaking quarter, with over 19.7 million wearable units shipped in the 1Q2016, up 67.2% from the same quarter in 2015.This growth goes well beyond the smartwatch market, which saw a steep 51.6% decline in 3Q2016 as brands including Apple and FitBit geared up to launch a new generation of their wearable devices.If there’s one thing that this year made clear, it’s that the wearables market is a lot more than smartwatches. It’s a whole new generation of devices that connect and interconnect with each other and the world to give the wearer something they couldn’t get from their smartphone alone.Fitness and healthFitness trackers are the gateway drug to wearable technology. Even people that don’t like smartwatches are likely to want a fitness tracker to keep tabs on their daily activity and encourage them to lead healthier lives.There are some studies out there that indicate that fitness trackers may not be as useful for everyone. That aside, they are a very appealing first step for many users as they dip their toes in the wearable technology world.The success of fitness trackers aside, the abandonment rate for these devices isn’t zero. The price gap between a basic fitness tracker and a smartwatch that also includes fitness tracking features like step counting and heart monitoring is holding a lot of people back from taking that next step (no pun intended).Fitness Trackers like the Garmin Edge and Frontrunner are taking fitness tracking to a new level. Users are being offered an important safety feature that alerts family and friends to their location while they’re out running. This makes them not only a great way to keep tabs on physical performance but to help keep the user safe while they’re out doing their thing.FitBit refreshed its lineup of trackers this year introducing the Flex 2 which is not only thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but also water resistant to 50 meters and able to track a swimmer’s activity. The Charge 2 was also unveiled this fall which has all of the features of the original and an additional breathing prompts to help you relax.This wasn’t FitBit’s only big move in 2016. It bought out Pebble, which is a dominant presence in the crowdfunding scene and known for making cross-platform smartwatches featuring e-paper displays with long battery life and plenty of hackability.Police and public policyOn a social standpoint, a spotlight has been placed on police-community interactions in recent years. In 2016, wearable body cameras became a focal point for new legislation aimed at creating a safer environment for citizens and providing an accurate, fair account of police-involved shootings.Many cities in the United States adopted policies requiring their law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. These policies vary greatly from city-to-city in terms of where, when, and how these recordings are taken and shared with the public. Studies have shown a dramatic reduction in complaints against officers that are wearing them.As more cities adopt the use of these body cameras, we can expect the costs involved and the infrastructure required to maintain the huge amounts of data they generate to become a hot topic for years to come.Virtual reality2016 brought us the realization of several years of anticipation of VR. Sony’s PlayStation VR, for example, has reportedly met all sales expectations in its first few months of release. In fact, the VR headsets are outselling consoles in Japan.Just about every company with skin in the gaming or small screen game is taking a stab at virtual reality. Google, which long had a whimsical VR experience through Google Cardboard, introduced Daydream in November which is a soft, comfortable VR experience requiring nothing more than the Daydream headset and a Pixel or Moto Z smartphone.HTC released its own major candidate in the VR space with the Vive. This VR experience requires a lot of room and the mounting of a two cameras (referred to as base stations) to get a full 3D experience you can walk around in. The HTC Vive has become the official VR experience for Steam’s VR endeavors.The Oculus Rift also made its public debut this year after receiving $2.4 million in initial funding back in 2014 through Kickstarter.Real-world gamingWearables have played an interesting role in this year’s most popular mobile game, Pokémon Go. This game, which forces users to step out of their homes and roam their local hot spots in search of cartoon monsters, is part augmented reality, part scavenger hunt, and part paper toss game.What makes this a wearable’s story? Apple dedicated nearly 10 minutes of its recent Apple Watch Series 2 announcement to app support for Pokémon Go. While wearing an Apple Watch, you can rack up steps which count towards hatching in-game eggs. You can even receive alerts when Pokémon are nearby. You can also get alerts when you are approaching a location that gives you access to free in-game goodies called a Pokéstop.Pokémon Go‘s creators Niantic have even created their own wearable. Pokémon Go Plus lets you catch Pokemon without even looking at your smartphone.The Pokémon Go Plus launched earlier this year and sold out in minutes. Today, stores around the world are anxiously awaiting the eventual second shipment of these little wrist-worn devices as early buyers attempt to turn huge profits on sites like Ebay, Amazon, and even Walmart where a $39 device is currently priced at $214.SmartwatchesWe can’t really talk about wearables without coming back to the flagship sub-category, smartwatches.Sales of smartwatches have been on the decline since Apple’s initial launch of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was the initial introduction to the smartwatch world for many Apple fans that had long been left out of the loop in the many Android-based options.Apple would, of course, rebound in the 4Q2016 boasting impressive (yet not yet publicly released) sales numbers of the Apple Watch Series 2. The Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant, making it possible to take it in the pool with you without panicking over the possible loss of your $300 device.Another big trend in the smartwatch world this year are hybrid smart watches. These watches feature the face of a traditional analog watch with the backend of a smartwatch. One brand pushing these very heavily is Fossil, which hopes that the sleeker look and longer battery life of hybrid watches will convince more users to switch.On the Android side of things, the Android Wear program is in full swing with over a dozen companies offering smartwatch options with feature sets that go well beyond what we thought was possible even five years ago.The Samsung Galaxy Gear S3, for example, is a beautifully traditional looking smartwatch with a brilliant display and an extensive feature set.Smart glassesYou probably thought smart glasses might be dead. A pair of crazy looking sunglasses fitted with cameras might change your mind.We really can’t do a proper wearables round-up without talking about the Snapchat Spectacles. This product came out of nowhere and immediately captivated the social media crowd. It has a $130 price point and supplies are intentionally scarce.If you’re lucky, you might end up with a Spectacles vending machine popping up for a limited time near you. Supplies are super limited and getting your hands on a pair of these is extremely tricky. You never know where a Spectacles vending machine is going to appear. It could be New York City or a truck stop in Nebraska.The wearable market is constantly evolving. What was a big hit one year could be the inspiration for a whole new category the next! Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

UP and Bihar bypolls updates | We will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P., says Maurya

first_imgThe bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTIlast_img read more

Don’t judge Mahendra Singh Dhoni by World Cup final result, urges Kapil Dev

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the threshold of creating World Cup history but former captain Kapil Dev, who has been there and done that, hopes that the maverick cricketer is not judged by the result of just one final.”I will never doubt Dhoni’s credentials as a captain irrespective of the result of World Cup final. Lot of people believe that it’s the ultimate result which will count but I believe otherwise,” the skipper of India’s victorious 1983 team, said at a promotional event on Thursday.”Look at Ricky Ponting. He has won two World Cups and after one bad World up he is out. That’s not the way to judge a captain. So I would like that Dhoni shouldn’t be judged by a win or loss. Instead, let’s all wish him the very best for Saturday’s final.”About his take on Dhoni’s x-factor, the legendary all-rounder said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a bit of a gambler. He takes his decisions and backs them. Everyone was talking about why was Ravichandran Ashwin left out. But in the end, Dhoni was vindicated as Ashish Nehra bowled well. I believe India will play to their potential against Sri Lanka unlike yesterday.”Most of the World Cup winning former captains, barring Allan Border, feel that India have a slight edge over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede on Saturday.”I know people here won’t like it but I believe that Sri Lanka will go into the final as favourites,” former Australian captain Border said.advertisementWhen live Clive Lloyd was asked to take his pick, he answered, “I have always believed that the side that takes catches have an edge. Although there isn’t much to choose between the teams but I believe India will have a slight edge over Sri Lanka.”Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that both teams are on even keel going into the final.”It will be a 50-50 game. I am slightly worried about our middle-order. The batsmen from No. 5 to No. 7 (Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samarweera and Chamara Silva) haven’t performed upto the mark. Also Mahela’s (Jayawardene) form is a bit of worry for us,” Ranatunga said.Talking about pressure, the burly former skipper said, “Those who believe that there won’t be pressure are wrong. I myself have played a final and I know how it feels out there in the middle. Also I wouldn’t like to give any advice to the players. As it is the President of the country is advising players!” he said in a sarcastic tone.Imran Khan feels that Dhoni’s greatest quality is to remain calm and also learn from his mistakes.”I was impressed in the manner he admitted that he misread the pitch,” Imran said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Bono To Be Honored By Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation

first_imgTo purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono beginning at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. On Friday, April 29, 2016, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor Bono at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.Bono will receive the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. The lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2, Bono is also a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization and (RED) which works with companies to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients of the WAFF Humanitarian Award have included Sir Elton John, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Peter Gabriel.“The DNA of musicians in general is to give the gift of music to people around the world. And, in times of tragedy, musicians are the first to organize and give their music and themselves to help raise awareness, funds and in many cases a place to start to heal. For decades Bono’s passion for humanity continues through his work as a voice to solve some of our biggest issues on a global scale. I am proud to have him as this year’s We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian honoree, and I’m honored to call him a friend.” says WAFF Founder & Chairman, Nile Rodgers.The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their ideas, stories and inspire millions.last_img read more